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                           M51, 7/04/02
MX9, Lx200 F6.3
M31, 9/12/01
MX5C, 50mm
M105, 15/2/02
MX9, LX200 F6.3
NGC6946, 10/9/02
MX9, Lx200 F6.3
Deer Lick Group, 10/9/02
MX9, Lx200 F6.3
M31, 24/9/02
MX9, 80f5

 



M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

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Date: 7th April 2002

Telescope: LX200 10 inch Polar aligned

Focal Ratio: F6.3 Meade reducer

Camera: StarlightXpress MX916

Exposure: 8 x 60 seconds unguided

Configuration: 10" LX200 + F6.3 reducer + NGFS focuser + MX916

Conditions: Clear, ambient temp. 4 degrees Celsius

Notes: More exposure required + RGB please!

 



M31 Andromeda Galaxy

 

 

 

 

This was my first attempt at deep sky using the MX5C with a standard 50mm camera lens. The camera and lens were mounted on top of the polar aligned LX200 which provided unguided tracking. Using this arrangement with the MX5C gives falsely coloured stars, apparently due to the star image landing on a single lens of the CCD colour matrix. 5 images were combined in Astroart. I will try setting the lens aperture to F8 next time as the star images were distorted at the edges of the FOV.

Date: 9th December 2001

Telescope: 50mm Zenith lens F2.8

Focal Ratio: F2.8

Camera: StarlightXpress MX5C

Exposure: 4 x 60 seconds

Configuration: 50mm lens+MX5C piggy backed on polar aligned LX200

Conditions: Poor seeing, temperature 1 degrees Celsius

Notes: Its a start!

 



M105, NGC3384 & NGC3389

 

 

Date: 15th February 2002

Telescope: Lx200 10 inch Polar aligned

Focal Ratio: F6.3 Meade reducer

Camera: StarlightXpress MX916

Exposure: 4 x 60 seconds unguided

Configuration: 10" LX200 + F6.3 reducer + NGFS focuser + MX916

Conditions: Partly cloudy, ambient temp. 2 degrees Celsius

Notes: More exposure required



NGC6946

 

Date: 10th September 2002

Telescope: Lx200 10 inch Polar aligned

Focal Ratio: F6.3 Meade reducer

Camera: StarlightXpress MX916

Exposure: 20 x 60 seconds unguided

Configuration: 10" LX200 + F6.3 reducer + NGFS focuser + MX916

Conditions: Clear, ambient temp. 9 degrees Celsius

Notes:  

 

NGC7331 The Deer Lick Group

 

Date: 10th September 2002

Telescope: Lx200 10 inch Polar aligned

Focal Ratio: F6.3 Meade reducer

Camera: StarlightXpress MX916

Exposure: 4 x 60 seconds unguided

Configuration: 10" LX200 + F6.3 reducer + NGFS focuser + MX916

Conditions: Clear, ambient temp. 9 degrees Celsius

Notes:  

 

M31 The Andromeda Galaxy

 

Date: 24th September 2002

Telescope: 80f5 Piggy back on LX200

Focal Ratio: F5

Camera: StarlightXpress MX916

Exposure: 4 x 60 seconds unguided

Configuration: 80f5 + MX916 on LX200

Conditions:  

Notes:  2 frame mosaic. It's something to improve on!